About Our Team


Management/Founders and Advisors


Cynthia Figge

Cynthia Figge – Cofounder, CEO

Cynthia Figge is a forerunner and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement who co-founded EKOS International in 1996, one of the first consultancies integrating sustainability and corporate strategy. Cynthia has worked with major organizations including BNSF, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, and REI to help craft sustainability strategy integrated with business. Cynthia is a national speaker on trends in environment, social and governance (ESG), and business intelligence. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in CSR/ESG, she was an Officer of LIN Broadcasting/ McCaw Cellular leading new services development. Cynthia serves as an Advisor to media and technology companies, and is Chair of Compassionate Action Network (CAN). Cynthia has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Cynthia is based in the Seattle area.


Bahar Gidwani

Bahar Gidwani – Cofounder, CTO

Bahar Gidwani has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA, worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to a number of major companies and currently serves on the board of several software and Web companies. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. Bahar was recently interviewed on Brian Lehrer TV. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.


Stephen Filler

Stephen Filler – Cofounder, Advisor

Stephen Filler is an intellectual property attorney who is the Vice President of Business Development for Joule Assets Inc. He has worked in both business and legal roles, helping clean tech and information technology businesses exceed their goals, implement creative solutions to business challenges, and create high value for all stakeholders. Stephen's specialties include: Business and Corporate Development, Business Law, General Counsel, Contracts, Investors, Government Relations and Grants, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark, Licensing, Technology, Information Technology and Internet, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Photovoltaics, and Sustainable Business. Stephen serves on the Boards of NY Sloop Clearwater, NY Solar Energy Association, Sustainable Hudson Valley Business Network. He received his JD from Boston University Law School.



 John Atcheson

John Atcheson – Advisor

John Atcheson is a respected entrepreneur, executive, and startup advisor with over 25 years of experience as a pioneer in the fields of both media technology and sustainability. John is Cofounder and CEO of Stuffstr, a B Corp dedicated to reducing waste by increasing the reuse of unused stuff.   John serves as an Advisor to the Seattle Good Business Network, Getaround, and is Board Director of Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based sustainability think-tank. John founded Ads.com and MusicNet, and served as VP and general manager of Media Publishing at RealNetworks (RNWK).  He has been an occasional soloist with the Seattle Symphony.  John received his BA from Brown University and his MBA from Stanford Business School.



 Russell Barton

Russell S. Barton, Ph.D. - Advisor

Russell Barton, Partner and Co-Founder of EKOS International, has for over 20 years served as a lead consultant to the top North American management teams including Boeing, Darigold, Milliken (Baldrige winner), Nike, SmithKline Beecham, and Weyerhaeuser. From 1986-1994, he was one of four Managing Partners of Deltapoint. He has led 12 Executive Study Missions: 10 to Japan and two to Europe. Russell is a member of the original group of trainers who have helped bring The Natural Step to the United States. He is co-author of the book, Mapping the Journey: Case Studies in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Organizational Psychology, from the University of Oregon.



Carol Pierson Holding

Carol Pierson Holding – Advisor

Carol Pierson Holding is President and Founder, Holding Associates. Carol serves as Guest Blogger for CSRHub. Her firm has focused on the intersection of brand and social responsibility, working with Cisco Systems, Wilmington Trust, Bankrate.com, the US EPA, Yale University's School of Environmental Sciences, and various non-profits. Before founding Holding Associates, Carol worked in executive management positions at Siegel & Gale, McCann Erickson, and Citibank. She is a Board Member of AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation). Carol received her AB from Smith College and her MBA from Harvard University.


 Lorinda Rowledge

Lorinda Rowledge, Ph.D. - Advisor

Lorinda Rowledge is Partner and Co-founder of EKOS International, and Founding Provost Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Lorinda has for over 20 years helped executives of leading global companies integrate sustainability and business strategy. She co-authored Mapping the Journey: Case Studies in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies. Prior to co-founding EKOS, from 1986 to 1994, Lorinda was one of four partners managing the Deltapoint Corporation, a consulting and publishing firm leading in advanced Japanese management systems. Lorinda has led 5 Executive Study Missions to Europe and Japan, Lorinda holds a Ph.D., specializing in Organizational Psychology, from the University of Oregon.



Kelly Williams - Advisor

Kelly Williams is the founder and president of Customer Value Advisors. She provides insights to CSRHub on customer retention and revenue growth. Her company is a boutique consulting firm focused on helping entrepreneurs increase their business value by leveraging enterprise wide customer success strategies. Her company works primarily with early and growth stages software companies throughout North America. Kelly has spent her entire career in the tech sector in roles that have spanned the full customer experience from sales to services to customer success. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon State University and her Masters from the University of Colorado.

Board Members

Cynthia Figge – Cofounder, CEO

Bahar Gidwani – Cofounder, CTO

Stephen Filler – Cofounder, Advisor



Benjamin Bingham 

G. Benjamin (Ben) Bingham - Board Member

G. Benjamin (Ben) Bingham is the Chief Investment Officer of 3Sisters Sustainable Management LLC currently focused on a Private Equity Fund called Scarab Holdings for partners in the new paradigm to foster a sustainable environment and social justice within a diverse and meaningful world culture.

Ben has been a social entrepreneur and investor since the late 70’s when he co-founded a non-profit residential community based on bio-dynamic agriculture to meet the needs of young adults with intellectual challenges (Triform Camphill Community). After developing a network of support from mission aligned philanthropists he went on to co-found two technology companies, one in biological healthcare (Demegen) and one in internet workflow technology (Anthurium Solutions). Since 2000 he has served as a financial advisor to this network of approximately 70 families first at Legg Mason, then Citigroup Smith Barney and since 2007 as an independent advisor. In 2010, 3Sisters Sustainable Investments was formed to continue the triple bottom line performance Ben had established and to deepen the focus on positive impact investments. Ben earned a CFP designation, and has trained in Grantsmanship, Gestalt Psychology, Spacial Dynamics, Biodynamics (Emerson College) and Fine Arts (Yale). Ben is a Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (EPS), the Investor’s Circle and the Social Venture Network. He and Jenny, his wife of 37 years, have 5 adult children and 4 granddaughters.



Tom Cusack 

Tom Cusack - Board Member

Tom Cusack is a private investor and business advisor. From 1989 to 1999, he was an executive with Transamerica Corporation. From 1995 to 1999, he was Chairman (1996), President and Chief Executive Officer of the Transamerica Life Insurance Companies. Prior to joining Transamerica, Tom was Manager of Business Development and Strategy for General Electric Company. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company in their San Franscisco office and was a financial analyst for Bankers Trust Company in New York. Tom earned his Masters in Business Administration with High Distinction from Harvard Business School and was named a George F. Baker Scholar. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School, both at the University of Pennsylvania. Tom is Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Vice Chairman of Direct Relief International, and a Trustee of Cate School. He is also a director of the Weber Companies, LLC.



Ewa Bialoglowska

Ewa Bialoglowska, Data Analyst

Originally from Poland, Ewa is currently enrolled in the MS Program in Sustainability Management at Columbia University, New York. Ewa also holds a double M.A. in International Business and Management from the UK’s University of Bradford and Poland’s Kozminsky University. She earned her B.A. in Economics from Krakow University of Economics and studied Management in Singapore Management University. Her professional experiences include working within the areas of FMCG Retail, Business Process Management, Real Estate Brokerage and NPOs, where she was involved in conducting market research and analysis on organizational strategy and business development. Being business minded and socially conscious, Ewa sees that long term well-being depends on creating a new mind-set towards sustainable value. Her goal is to help companies utilize new opportunities for competitive advantage through applying sustainability approach.


Ruth Edwards

Ruth Edwards, Marketing, Communications, User Experience

Ruth completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double emphasis in Marketing and Management from Columbia College. Ruth is passionate about the environment and making a difference in the world. Ruth covers web design and implementation with our developers, creating videos, widget deployment with partners, writing web content, marketing and user support.  Her wide-range of experience also includes corporate computer training, documentation, and advertising. Although always loving the outdoors, her passion for the environment began when she completed an environmental audit of a medical supply manufacturing facility for a college course. Ruth enjoys attending the various sporting events her children compete in, photography, green home renovations, sailing, sunsets and peaceful hikes.